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Dorf/Press/Arnovich Family papers

Identifier: umja0120

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a written history of the Dorf Family by Bert Press, a written history of the Press families by Bert Press, and yearbooks, photographs, newsclippings, telegrams, and biographical materials on Morris Arnovich and Bert Press.


  • 1934-2011

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The research materials compiled by J. Bertram "Bert" Press detail his extensive genealogy research on different branches of his family: Dorf, Press, and Arnovich. One of his relatives, C. Morris Arnovich, was a baseball player. Born in Superior, Wisconsin, he was a Major League Baseball outfielder in the 1930s and 1940s. He played with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds (including during their 1940s World Series championship), and the New York Giants.

The collection also includes yearbooks and clippings of Bert Press and his high school sporting experience in Eveleth on the Iron Range in Minnesota. Press was born to Sam and Alice (Dorf) Press and was raised in Eveleth, Minnesota. He served in the United States Army and received a J.D. from the University of Minnesota. He had a wife, Truen, and two children Rita and Steven. He passed away in 2016.


1 Cubic Foot (2 Hollinger boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of research and family materials on the Dorf, Press, and Arnovitch families.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by J. Bertram Press to the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest first in 1991, then added to in 2005. Materials donated by Steven Press in 2021 were added to collecton.

Dorf/Press/Arnovich Family papers, 1934-2011
Erin Smerage
August 2017
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Revision Statements

  • January 2021: revised to include newly donated materials

Collecting Area Details

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